Sir John Fryer
Sir John studied at Exeter College, Oxford and entered the army in 1860 as a Cornet in the 6th Dragoon Guards, the Carabiniers. and commanded the regiment in 1877-
The Fryer family was engaged in banking in Wimborne, as part of "Fryer, Andrew & Co", which since the 1770s, had played a large role in financing the Dorset merchants, shipowners, and planters involved with Newfoundland. Later this became the "Wimborne Poole and Blandford Bank" and eventually National Provincial Bank – now RBS.
They were also among the Poole merchants operating in Newfoundland, Gosse Fryer and Pack owning 40 ships.